Kerry’s Marc Ó Sé is shown a black card by referee Maurice Deegan who had a good match  in filthy conditions in the semi-final at Croke Park. Photogrraph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

August has so far been a wicked month for the administration of discipline in the GAA. The evidence of recent years has been that the games have becom(...)

Tyrone’s Justin McMahon tussles with Kieran Donaghy. Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s dedcision to introduce Paul Geaney for Donaghy at half-time had the desired effect for Kerry.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tyrone players will be thinking about Sunday’s semi-final a lot in the months to come. They did so much right in Croke Park on Sunday and had a rea(...)

Kieran Donaghy of Kerry gets surrounded Tyrone players during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

The ballad of the unsung hero. How would that sound, exactly? Would it have to be accompanied by air guitar? The lyrics communicated by sign language?(...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue jumps with joy following at the final whistle at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Well, Joe Brolly, what do you think of that? Last year’s booming riposte by Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy might well have served for all of Tyrone in the flo(...)

Eamonn Fitzmaurice has not felt beholden to the notion Kerry teams have a moral obligation to play the game in a certain way. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

At the end of November 2011, Mick O’Dwyer and his protege, the late Páidí Ó Sé, sat down together for a radio interview in the RTÉ studio with Miriam (...)

 Kerry’s Johnny Buckley competes with Mattie Donnelly and Colm Cavanagh of Tyrone: You’d have to imagine Kerry have enough about them to see their way to September. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

After the sideshow – if you want to call it the short-back-and- sides-show, that’s quite your own business – time again for the ball to be in and t(...)

James O’Donoghue has been named in Kerry’s full forward line for the All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Tyrone at Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice is in a position to roll out all of his big guns for Sunday’s All-Ireland football semi-final against Tyrone at Croke(...)

Donegal’s Neil McGee is unable to prevent Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea breaking free to score the opening goal in last Saturday’s  All-Ireland Gaelic Football quarter-final  in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There was a poignant moment at the end of the Mayo-Donegal game on Saturday. I was looking down at the teams coming off the field and Mayo were being (...)

Kerry’s Darran O’Sullivan scores a goal despite the attention of Kildare’s Ciarán Fitzpatrick and Eoin Doyle during last weekend’s one-sided All-Ireland SFC quarter-final clash at Croke Park.Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ah lads. Seven goals!? Are ye joking? We know ye’re going well but there’s going well and there’s going well. Three would have been plenty. Four wo(...)

A Fermanagh fan cheers on her team during Sunday’s quarter-final against Dublin in Croke Park. “They were 10 points down with 15 minutes go to and you would think they were the team winning.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

I found what happened in Croke Park this weekend to be eerie and genuinely disturbing. It made me fear for the game. The gap between the elite coun(...)